The time of year has come when karate athletes from across the country meet to participate in the AAU Junior and Senior Karate Championships. This year, more than 2,000 competitors are expected to participate in the tournament, which will take place June 23 through July 5 at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY).
Athletes ages five to 35 and up will contend for first place in beginner, novice, intermediate, and advanced divisions. The event will showcase those who placed at their district championships and qualified for the Regional or Super Regional Championships. Winners from each division will be awarded AAU National Championship medals.
Opening ceremonies will be held July 2 beginning at 8 a.m. in the SEFCU Arena of the university. The ceremonies will feature guest speakers Gerald D. Jennings, mayor of the city of Albany, and George Philip, Interim president of SUNY.
This event is open to the public. Discounted spectator tickets may be purchased during registration on July 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Otherwise, spectators can purchase their tickets at the door. For more information and complete results from this event, log on to www.aaukarate.org.